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Hello! I’m Shanthi Robertson, an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Research Fellow in Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. You can contact me via email or on Twitter.

A sociologist specializing in migration, youth studies and urban social change, my research agendas centre on social and cultural transformations in a mobile world.

I am currently working on three major collaborative research projects, funded by the Australian Research Council.

Launched in 2020, the Civic Sinoburbia project examines the changing social and civic practices in Sydney suburbs with high numbers of Chinese heritage residents.

Also launched in 2020, the Autonomy Disability and Everyday Practices of Technology (ADDEPT) project explores the role of consumer autonomous technology in lives of migrants living with disability.

My other current major project, Youth Mobilities, Aspirations and Pathways (YMAP) focuses on the transnational mobility of young people aged between 18 and 30 both into and out of Australia, and what happens in the long-term to careers, social and family lives and sense of belonging when young adults are ‘on the move’.

My completed postdoctoral ARC DECRA project, Staggered Pathways: Temporality, Mobility and Asian Temporary Migrants to Australia explored the pathways over time of young 21st century Asian migrants who first arrived in Australia on temporary visas.

My new book from this project, Temporality in Mobile Lives: Contemporary Asia-Australia Migration and Everyday Time will be published by Bristol University Press in 2021.

My early work, including my award-winning book, Transnational Student-Migrants and the State: The Education-Migration Nexus, focused on transnational student-migrants, who use student visas to access educational and migration opportunities

I’ve secured nationally competitive grants for the above projects and have worked on research partnerships with government, non-government and corporate partners.

I’m a frequent media commentator on migration and cultural diversity issues, most recently featured in the four-part SBS documentary Who Gets to Stay in Australia.

I have provided expert consultation to the federal government on migration and citizenship policy.

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